Master of Business (Research)

Leadership for a better business future

Are you a big picture thinker? Are you both business-savvy and curious about trends and challenges in our current business environment?

Southern Cross University’s Master of Business (Research) gives you the opportunity to lead the drive towards a better business future on a local, national and global scale.

Situated in the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts, this degree is linked to two key research clusters:

  • The Business and Management research cluster provides expertise in human resources, networks and collaborations, and public policy and administration
  • The Information Technology research cluster focuses on the use of technology for transforming digital business, digital health and online education. 

Academic staff in the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts can provide supervision for various discipline areas. Please search for a supervisor on our Find a Supervisor page.

Meet your supervisors

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Research Highlight: In 2019, the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts published more than 25 articles in top-ranked journals, celebrated 12 higher degree research completions and secured income from many influential sources.


FacultyDurationLocationCRICOS CodeContact
Faculty of Business, Law and Arts 2 years Lismore, Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour 016179G

Associate Professor Michael Charles


A Masters by Thesis work must show evidence of competence in research and scholarship including:

  1. Reviewing literature in a critical and focused manner
  2. Deploying analytic, comparative and critically reflective skills as appropriate
  3. Gathering and analysing material and interpreting results in an informed and competent manner
  4. Utilising and justifying appropriate methodologies, techniques and processes.

The Thesis must be clearly, accurately and cogently written and suitably documented. The work must demonstrate originality and a thorough understanding of the field of study.

"Workplaces can harness as strengths the differences that usually disadvantage people with autism."

Peter Sun San Wong

PhD candidate

Course fees

Domestic students:

Eligible applicants can apply for a Research Training Program-supported place. This will provide a tuition fee offset funded by the Australian Government's Research Training Program. Southern Cross University will then supplement this cost to cover the full program tuition fees.

If unsuccessful in obtaining a Research Training Program place, students may be required to pay fees.

Applications are considered on a case by case basis and the process can be highly competitive.

International students:

Course fees for International Students are $26,000 per annum, unless a tuition fee waiver has been approved as per the below detailed information. 

A request for a tuition fee offset can only be approved by the Dean, Graduate School providing there is support from the Principal Supervisor, DHDRT and the Associate Dean (Research). For a request to be considered, the following criteria need to be taken into account:

  • Academic quality of the student is of high standing
  • Appropriate level of English proficiency (International English Language Test Score (IELTS) Academic (or equivalent) equal to or above 7.0, with a minimum 7.0 in Writing and no other band less than 6.5)
  • Expected research outcomes, quality of project and how it fits with the Supervisory team research areas
  • Whether the Faculty and Supervisory team have the resources and facilities to support the project
  • If the HDR applicant is not on a scholarship, evidence must be provided that they can support themselves during their candidature.

The Dean, Graduate School, will assess the request according to these criteria together with the application for admission to candidature and will seek further clarification if the above-mentioned criteria are not satisfied. If the tuition fee offset is approved by the Dean, this is recorded in the Student Administration System and conveyed to the student in the letter of offer for admission to candidature.

Tuition Fee Offsets that are not approved will mean the applicant will be required to pay full fees. If it is not obvious that the HDR applicant’s project will enhance the research output of the University and that of the Supervisory team, fees will apply.

Admission requirements

An application may be submitted at any time.

Admission is subject to availability of facilities and supervision.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a degree equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from the University
  • Satisfy additional requirements, if any, that may be prescribed by the Dean (Graduate Studies).

All candidates are expected to be proficient in English comprehension and expression.

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Research proposal

Students can explore research in a range of areas:

Research in Business and Enterprise

  • Human resources
  • Networks and collaborations
  • Public policy and administration.

Law research

  • Ecological Jurisprudence
  • Law and Humanities
  • Critical Legalities


Staff publish and exhibit widely and are highly socially and culturally engaged. They work with both local and distant communities and speak at scholarly and community forums in our campus regions, across the country and around the globe.

For more information, visit the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts research page.

Contact the Graduate School


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